We reported yesterday on the “organized cybersecurity attack” on JBS, the world’s largest meat supplier. The attack hit their servers at JBS USA, their subsidiary in this country. At that time, it was unclear what effect it had had on U.S. plants.
Since then, JBS has reported that all nine beef plants, located in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wisconsin, Utah, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, have been shut down. The plants produce almost a quarter of all the total beef production in the United States.
This raises the concern about what effect this might all have on the beef supply.
JBS has been in contact with the White House in regard to the attack. The White House revealed it was a ransomware attack as we had earlier surmised. The White House said that a criminal group in Russia was responsible.
“JBS notified the administration that the ransom demand came from a criminal organization likely based in Russia. The White House is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals,” White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a press briefing.
Meat prices were already on the rise due to lockdowns and shortages. This will not help matters if it goes on for any length of time.
This follows the Colonial Pipeline attack which was also believed to be criminals based in Russia.
Experts suggested that this is Russia trying to show dominance prior to the summit planned between Russia and the U.S. in Geneva and that the use of Russian criminal gangs is a common tactic.
“All of this is Vladimir Putin’s resurgence strategy,” said former CIA Moscow station chief Daniel Hoffman, a Fox News contributor. [….]
Rebekah Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) intelligence officer for Russia and author of the upcoming “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” told Fox News the use of criminal gangs is a common tactic by the Kremlin.
“They do that to maintain plausible deniability,” Koffler said, pointing to
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